Competencies of hotel general managers: a conceptual framework

Sonia Bharwani (Department of Business Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India)
Parvaiz Talib (Department of Business Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Publication date: 9 January 2017

Abstract

Purpose

It is crucial for hospitality organisations to develop sustainable leadership by regularly re-evaluating the competencies and skills required by their senior managers and leaders. In the context of this strategic talent management imperative, this paper aims to identify and map competencies required for the pivotal position of a hotel general manager to develop a holistic and relevant leadership competency framework.

Design/methodology/approach

Through secondary research, this study undertakes a detailed literature review of competency and leadership studies in the context of the hospitality industry to distil the essential competencies and skills required by a general manager.

Findings

This study proposes a leadership competency model for hospitality organisations in the form of a 43-item competency framework for hotel general managers categorised into four broad dimensions – cognitive competencies (knowledge), functional competencies (skills), social competencies (attitudes and behaviours) and meta competencies (motives and traits).

Practical implications

The proposed competency model, once empirically tested for robustness, could serve as a blueprint for hospitality organisations to develop their own organisation-specific competency framework for senior leadership that could prove to be a keystone for integrated talent management practices. Further, educationists and trainers could use the findings of this study as inputs in designing curricula and pedagogical interventions to meet the industry’s future needs and expectations with regards to competencies of senior managers.

Originality/value

By aggregating competencies from earlier studies and synthesising and categorising them in accordance with a contemporary, hospitality industry-relevant typology, a comprehensive competency model specific for hotel general managers has been proposed.

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Citation

Bharwani, S. and Talib, P. (2017), "Competencies of hotel general managers: a conceptual framework", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 29 No. 1, pp. 393-418. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-09-2015-0448

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